The controversial Adam Voges’s no-ball incident is extended with a new light. The Australian team was incorrectly denied four runs in that ball.
The drama happened in the very last over of opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and Australia at Wellington. Australian batsman, Adam Voges got clean bowled in the New Zealand pacer Doug Bracewell’s over. But bowling-end umpire Richard Illingworth denied that wicket by calling no-ball while the replay showed that Bracewell’s foot not fully overstepped the bowling crease. In fact, his foot was slightly enough inside the crease. From that decision, Voges got a life while Bracewell was denied from getting well deserve a wicket.
Everybody were so busy with the no-ball incident that no one noticed that the ball crossed the back side boundary line even after the ball was thrown to the fielder from there. Finally, the Australian team was denied four-bye runs due to neglecting that incident.
At first, an Australian fan had pointed out that four-bye runs. During the commentary on the fourth day of the Test match, former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith relayed a story of how an Australian fan had raised the issue of four runs.
Smith and his co-commentator Grant Nisbett replayed the Voges incident from a wide angle which clearly showed that the ball rolled down to the third-man boundary after hitting the off-stamp.
However, Australia won that match comfortably by an innings and 52 runs.
Later, Smith jokingly said, “They should really feel quite aggrieved.”
Smith added further, “It just shows you in the confusion of what all happened about that, Mr Illingworth missed the end result of that delivery. It should have been four more. But then again, it should have been out.”
Smith continued: “It’s absolutely got me. I will not sleep tonight.”